The Q&A Archives: Plumbago Capensis--Rooting

Question: Last summer I brought home from California a beautiful plant called Cape Plumbago (plumbago capensis), which had lots of lovely light blue flowers throughout the rest of summer. I brought it inside in the fall and managed to keep it alive and well in a sunny window all winter. I have just planted it in a very sunny spot outdoors but would like to know how to root cuttings. I chopped off some long pieces and have dipped them in RootTone and put them in planting mix. Do you think this will work?

Answer: Plumbago is slow to start from cuttings, but that's the best way to propagate the plant. You'll have better success if the cuttings you took were from fresh new growth. If not, take a few more cuttings, strip the lower leaves and dip the cut end in rooting hormone, then place it in a container of potting soil. Keep the cuttings in a spot outdoors that's protected from direct sunlight, and keep the soil just barely moist. When new growth appears, your cuttings have rooted and can be slowly brought into full sunlight. Good luck with your new plants!

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